Army Disqualifiers - Athletic Heart

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by SAG, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. SAG

    SAG 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2009
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    Was wondering if anyone has had any experience with what's referred to as an "Athletic Heart". It could be considered an "athletic cardiomyopathy", which in the Army cardiomyopathy would be a DQ, however in the Athletic Heart there are no medical consequences.
    This condition can happen with intensive endurance and strength training. The heart does enlarge, however functions efficiently with demand.
  2. mjm

    mjm Member

    Mar 15, 2013
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    Athletic Heart

    I have contemplated responding to your post for the last few days. In regards to your athletic heart... have you ever gotten a second opinion? I have a daughter and husband with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and often times the most common misdiagnosis of this is "athletic heart". A diagnosis of athletic heart is something that is reserved for an athlete that is training 4-6 hours a day ,typically . My daughter sees a specialist at Boston Childrens hospital . Many times your average cardiologist will not detect Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy because it is something that is not seen that often. I would urge you to speak with your parents and seek a second opinion.

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